The November issue of Paris Vogue is basically an "age" issue. It's got Johnny Depp's ladyfriend, Vanessa Paradis, on the cover, and inside, a photo spread featuring 42-year-old supermodel Cindy Crawford. As Louise Chunn, editor of the UK's Good Housekeeping, writes for the Guardian, women over 40 are the new style icons. She notes that Peaches Geldof and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are so passé: The "hot" women right now are Michelle Obama, 44; Sarah Palin, also 44; architect Zaha Hadid, 58; and wonderfully wacky Vivienne Westwood, 67.As for Cindy Crawford, well, she looks stunning. She might not be your "typical" 42-year-old mother of two — let's face it, she's a genetic freak — but since many fashion spreads have been dominated by pale, blonde, waifish teens, her presence feels refreshing.

"Just a little something for when the kids have a pool party. Someone bring Mommy a margarita!"

I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's a shame that in the '90s, "robust" models like Cindy were pushed out by frail waifs like Kate Moss. Cindy (and Naomi) always seemed capable of kicking your ass. And making you enjoy it.


"You'd better not be talking behind my back."


Just add some screaming people and crushed buildings down by those shoes, and this is like a really elegant B-movie: "…And then the 500-foot woman grew tired, and took off her shirt. Global destruction is exhausting."

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